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Loads of Tomatoes – A Labour Day Guide

They are normally red through and through, though they are rarely political. But many other colours are available, as a quick search around Garden Stores and Farmers markets will show that Tomatoes come in all shapes, colours and sizes.

Vain about Veggies

As the wet dampness of winter starts to fade into an unpleasant memory, I will hopefully start to spend more time in my garden, especially in my veggie patch.

An Annual Love Affair

My own love affair with flowers got off to a shaky start. When I first started gardening I had no interest in frilly things and instead concentrated on growing food. It wasn't until I watched a bumblebee force its way into one Snapdragon flower after another  in our St Lukes store, when I should have been working, that I got hooked.


Love your Lawn

October is the month for sowing new lawns or renovating existing ones. This is because the soil temperatures have warmed up and seed has an optimum chance of germinating.

Tired of Canned Tomatoes


After years of viewing tomatoes as something that should be angrily extracted from a can, I finally began growing my own tomatoes again three years ago. In fairness, my reliance on tins was not entirely through choice; it came about largely as an unfortunate combination of dealing with day-to-day student life, laziness, and summer holidays. 

Getting Started in the Vegetable Garden


At Kings Plant Barns we have everything you need to grow the best spring veggies! Just think of the healthy, varied and cost effective meals you'll be eating soon!

Looking for Company – A Guide to Companion Planting


I have decided to try my hand at companion planting. Planting which will hopefully both brighten up my garden and help keep my plants pest free and healthy (and with any luck help me produce terrifying surpluses of food this season).

Urban Beehives


Urban beekeeping is the only way we will continue to reap the benefits of locally grown produce! Luckily, urban beekeeping isn't difficult and you can even 'dip your toe' in by renting beehives; we do all the work and take care of the registrations and disease inspections so that you can enjoy the many benefits of having bees without any of the risk.

Beeing Friendly in Your Garden


While I've always found Bees interesting, our relationship has at times been rocky. On the plus side they provide honey and account for approximately 80% of all insect pollination (which is crucial to our survival). But detracting from this is their occasional tendency to sting. 

Digging for Fruit

A decade ago I was reluctantly pressed into service, given a spade, and forced to dig an endless number of holes for my parents home orchard. This proved to be a laborious task

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